Dear UR Team,
It is with a heavy heart that I announce Chuck Schnur’s retirement from Notre Dame, effective at the end of February. Chuck started at Notre Dame when development was still in its infancy and he was one of our first true fundraisers. As a tenured member of the UR team, he has spent 28 years in our fundraising office serving as a Regional Director of Development from April 1993 to January 2014 and then became a member of the Principal Giving Team. Chuck has been a part of three campaigns at Notre Dame and has been a significant leader in our fundraising efforts, collectively raising more than $350mm in total production throughout his career. Many of the professorships, EFEs, scholarships and buildings we have on campus today are a direct result of Chuck’s fundraising efforts and solid donor relationships. He was a donor-centric fundraiser and has truly been a trusted philanthropic advisor to over 300 benefactors during his tenure. Prior to coming to University Relations, Chuck was a key contributor at 3M Corporation.
Chuck and his wife, Mary, are both members of the Notre Dame Class of 1978. (Fun fact, they got married on their Commencement weekend!) Together, they have raised two children, Jenny (SMC’18) and Kevin (AL ‘20). Notably, Jenny is currently a research assistant at Notre Dame pursuing a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering.
The relationships that Chuck fostered–both internally and externally–over his tenure at Notre Dame are some of the deepest in our department and he will be sorely missed. On a personal note, I am deeply grateful to Chuck for his contributions to the recently formed Illinois Region. From its inception, he jumped right into the team and has been a leader in every sense of the word. He has constantly spent time mentoring and helping his teammates and he has exemplified collaborative fundraising at the highest level. Our team will miss him dearly–as will I–on both a personal and professional level. Chuck, you and your family will always be a part of our Notre Dame family, and for that, we are grateful.